Please note that there are two May Events with two separate registrations:
- May 3 – Rochester Community Spotlight
- May 12 – LaCrosse Community Spotlight
VP Board Members will present Annual Chapter Updates.
Then the monthly virtual event will follow as a panel event- Community Spotlight highlighting local organizations.
Panel Members includes:
- Ally Hanten Ebert, Executive Director for the JP Rochester-SE, MN Campus
- Karen Edmonds, Co-Founder, Executive Director for Project Legacy
- Brenda Kardock, Executive Director for Rochester Public Library Foundation
The Jeremiah Program is a national organization with a mission to disrupt the cycle of poverty for single mothers and their children, two generations at a time. When a mother invests simultaneously in her personal and professional goals and the education of her children, she can re-author her family’s outcomes and act as a change agent within her community. We know this because we see the proof points every day in our classrooms and on our campuses.
The mission for Project Legacy is to provide hope, connections and support to youth and young adults of color* who may have experienced poverty, trauma, homelessness and sexual exploitation; or who are sex workers, refugees from war-torn countries, or any young person who has not had a positive support system; allowing them to heal from trauma, transform their lives, and become involved members of our community.
The mission for the Rochester Public Library Foundation is to raise private funds for educational and informational resources and projects in a manner that does not diminish the need for strong public funding, and to educate the community about the Library's vital role in meeting our community's need. The vision is to build strong public-private partnerships with individuals, businesses, foundations, and community organizations that share our mission for creating a stronger library that is meeting the needs of our community, especially the under-served.
All registrants will be entered to win prizes.
Wear your PMI La Crosse – Rochester chapter shirt for a chance to win additional prizes!
4:00 pm - Welcome, Chapter updates
4:30 pm - Community Spotlight introductions and panel presentation
5:25 pm - Chapter announcements and prizes
All registrants will receive a 30-day link to access the session recording.
Please join us for this great event.
Paul Klugherz, MA, PMP
Vice President of Communications
PMI La Crosse - Rochester Chapter
About the Speakers
Ally Hanten Ebert is the Executive Director of JP Rochester-SE, MN Campus and spent her career working to elevate the voices and experiences of young people and their families. She gained her experience working with young parents and homeless youth and moved into administrative leadership as her career evolved. Ally is dedicated to helping families get connected to support services; safe, permanent housing; educational opportunities and more. She holds both a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Human Development & Family Science: Couple and Family Therapy from North Dakota State University. Ally is a Minnesota native and is new to the Rochester community.
Karen Edmonds is the cofounder and Executive Director of Project Legacy in Rochester, Minnesota; a grass-roots program offering intensive and long-term support to young adults of color who have experienced complex-trauma and who have grown up in generational poverty. Born and raised in Fargo, North Dakota, Karen has served as a special education teacher and administrator and in various nonprofits. Karen and her husband John Edmonds, a social worker and co-founder of Project Legacy, have witnessed the devastating impact of racial disparities in the Rochester Public Schools and the state of Minnesota. In 2008 they started what would eventually become Project Legacy, a program offering intensive and long-term mentoring, opportunities and support, as well as critical services to hundreds of young men and women who walk through its doors every year seeking a better life. Project Legacy has expanded to St. Paul, Minnesota and now offers programs tailored to first-generation college students as well as for young adults who have been working in the commercial sex-industry.
Brenda Kardock, Executive Director for Rochester Public Library Foundation, is a lifelong reader and longtime marketing professional; Brenda is passionate about literacy and serving our community. She grew up in Lake City, graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College and worked at several major motion picture studios before returning to southeastern Minnesota to work at KTTC before joining the Foundation.